Tom Hanks Superstar - Still A Nice Guy

May 01, 2009

"Each of my performances contains elements of my personality -- my cluelessness, my secret competitiveness, my drive, but of all of them I would have to say that my portrayal of Jim Lovell in 'Apollo 13' is most like the true me."

That's Tom Hanks at the recent Lincoln Center Film Society tribute, talking to writer and Manhattan gadfly Gregory Speck.

Hanks, also said, of comparison to himself and great iconic actors of the past -- "good guy" types like Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck and Jimmy Stewart -- that he must disagree. "I'm not sure it's possible for an actor to find the same veritas that those legends created, combining his own personality with the demands of a classic role ... they are like gods, up on high above those of us in the business today, when an actor is lucky to claim maybe three such landmark films in even a major body of work."

Oh, Tom, you are too humble. Why, you'd have been a legend to me if all you ever did in your career was the TV series "Bosom Buddies."

Also on hand for Tom's big night was director Ron Howard, who has just put Hanks through the thriller wringer again with "Angels and Demons" the already condemned-by-Catholics follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code." Of "Da Vinci" Howard said, "I never could come to terms with the issue of whether Mary Magdalene was the mother of Jesus' child, so I never explored the subject with historians. I simply wanted to dramatize Dan Brown's book."

By Liz Smith

Source : Fksm